Data from: Marine protected areas rescue a sexually selected trait in European lobster

Tonje Knutsen Sørdalen, Kim Tallaksen Halvorsen, Leif Asbjørn Vøllestad, Even Moland & Esben Moland Olsen
Marine protected areas (MPAs) are increasingly implemented worldwide to maintain and restore depleted populations. However, despite our knowledge on the myriad of positive responses to protection, there are few empirical studies on the ability to conserve species’ mating patterns and secondary sexual traits. In male European lobsters (Homarus gammarus), the size of claws relative to body size correlates positively with male mating success and is presumably under sexual selection. At the same time, an intensive...
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